Pearcedale trainer Kel Greenough, and owners Narelle Mayne and Allan Lang are hoping they have found a talent which resembles their former champion Paw Licking in their chaser Weekend Binge, who has had just two starts for two wins in Victoria.
The son of El Grand Senor and Kingsbrae Di had 13 starts for 10 wins in New South Wales before making the move Victoria – the same path his half brother Paw Licking took. Paw Licking went onto take part in 14 group races, reigning victory in four and banking $430,600 in prize money.
Weekend Binge lines up in his biggest test to date in a heat of the Group 2 $67,000 Bendigo Cup, run over the 425 metre distance on Sunday.
Jumping from box 5, Kel Greenough is looking forward to seeing how his 24-month-old greyhound will handle the dramatic jump in class.
WATCH: Weekend Binge in his first start in Victoria at Shepparton from box 7.
“I kept my eyes on him when he was racing in New South Wales, so I knew what he was capable of. It’s a very powerful breeding area and they aren’t racing for a lot of prize money so it limits the potential of their greyhounds,” trainer Kel Greenough explained.
“His record defiantly said he could run, but it’s now going to be interesting to see how he handles the quality we have here.”
Despite a month on the sidelines and a trial at Bendigo, he is ready to take on the challenge.
“He has drawn up against some nice dogs and I don’t know how he will handle them, but it’s worth giving him a go to see if he can step up to the mark.”